quality

noun
qual·i·ty | \ˈkwä-lə-tē \
plural qualities

Definition of quality 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : peculiar and essential character : nature her ethereal quality— Gay Talese

b : an inherent feature : property had a quality of stridence, dissonance— Roald Dahl

c : capacity, role in the quality of reader and companion— Joseph Conrad

2a : degree of excellence : grade the quality of competing air serviceCurrent Biography

b : superiority in kind merchandise of quality

3a : social status : rank

b : aristocracy

4a : a distinguishing attribute : characteristic possesses many fine qualities

b archaic : an acquired skill : accomplishment

5 : the character in a logical proposition of being affirmative or negative

6 : vividness of hue

7a : timbre

b : the identifying character of a vowel sound determined chiefly by the resonance of the vocal chambers in uttering it

8 : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

quality

adjective

Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: being of high quality

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Noun

quality, property, character, attribute mean an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified. quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic. material with a silky quality property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species. the property of not conducting heat character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class. remarks of an unseemly character attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being. the attributes of a military hero

Examples of quality in a Sentence

Noun

Honesty is a desirable quality. Stubbornness is one of his bad qualities. She has strong leadership qualities. The house has many fine qualities. His music has a primitive quality. They offer quality at a reasonable price.

Adjective

The restaurant offers quality service. The store sells quality furniture at reasonable prices. It can be difficult to find quality childcare. He had a quality education.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But as the path to the pros through the academies becomes well traveled, starting in a player’s pre-teen years, the quality of the national team will jump as a result. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Missing World Cup can't be in vain for U.S. men's national team," 13 July 2018 Net The quality of the grasp depends on a few things. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robots Can't Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help," 13 July 2018 Well, the quality of life laws would go over like a lead balloon in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 July 2018 The former Bournemouth winger is proven at Championship level, and could offer the quality needed to ensure Rowett's side spends just the single season in England's second tier - which will be the goal. SI.com, "Newcastle's Matt Ritchie Open to Stoke City Move on One Condition," 8 July 2018 Whether Delgado can return to that level of effectiveness remains to be seen; scouts who saw him pitch during his most recent rehab assignment said the quality of his stuff fluctuated from outing to outing. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks outfielder Jon Jay opening eyes with sliding catches," 6 July 2018 The quality of this amateur face-swapping varies enormously; getting good results takes some fiddling, a powerful PC and a large selection of images of the face being superimposed. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 As a result, quality varies widely and consumers are often flying blind. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 The centering quality of the energy greatly adds to the movement dexterity of the singers. Paul Hodgins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Opera NEO blazes new trails on a shoestring, focusing on education and unpredictability," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The children would splash in the water, the adults would get quality time with the family patriarch. Cleve Wootson, chicagotribune.com, "A man went crabbing - and came back with flesh-eating bacteria that now threaten his life," 10 July 2018 The report estimates that there are 800,000 men and women unable to access quality fertility treatment. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018 Ayton needs to improve defensively but has all the tools to be a quality rim protector given time. azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Projecting all four Phoenix Suns NBA draft picks in 2018," 12 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Fort Worth’s ability to attract investment and economic development depends on its ability to maintain quality public services. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Here's how to make your vote count Saturday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 May 2018 Kerry Abello was searching for an opportunity to play some quality soccer this summer before her sophomore season at Penn State. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, "Statement for the defense: Benet grad Kerry Abello learns new position with Red Stars Reserves," 23 June 2018 But for now, deep breath, Quintana has returned to being the consistent, reliable pitcher who can give a team a quality start in every start. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Jose Quintana looks like he's back to pitching like the Jose Quintana the Cubs traded for," 12 June 2018 Equitably funded, safe, quality schools are the key to the future of this city. Katrina Clark, Philly.com, "There is money to fix our schools. Here is where to find it | Opinion," 17 May 2018 Muldberg now volunteers at the Center for Complicated Grief, helps run support groups and is again involved in her community and spends quality time with her family and friends. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "A name for grief that goes on and on," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of quality

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quality

Noun

Middle English qualite, from Anglo-French qualité, from Latin qualitat-, qualitas, from qualis of what kind; akin to Latin qui who — more at who

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quality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: how good or bad something is

: a characteristic or feature that someone or something has : something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing

: a high level of value or excellence

quality

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good or excellent

: intended for people who are educated and who care about serious matters

quality

noun
qual·i·ty | \ˈkwä-lə-tē \
plural qualities

Kids Definition of quality

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : what sets a person or thing apart : characteristic We must advertise Wilbur's noble qualities— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

2 : how good or bad something is The food is of excellent quality.

3 : a high standard : excellence His skill shows in the quality of his work.

quality

adjective

Kids Definition of quality (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good : excellent quality work quality chocolate

quality

noun
qual·i·ty | \ˈkwäl-ət-ē \
plural qualities

Medical Definition of quality 

: a special or distinguishing attribute: as

a : timbre

b : the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

c : the character of an X-ray beam that determines its penetrating power and is dependent upon its wavelength distribution

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quality

noun
qual·i·ty
plural qualities

Legal Definition of quality 

1 : a special, distinctive, or essential character: as

a : a character, position, or role assumed those acts of ownership, which the person called to the succession can only do in quality of heirLouisiana Civil Code

b : the character of an estate as determined by the manner in which it is to be held or enjoyed

2 : degree of excellence made no warranties as to the product's quality

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